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Kentucky state law requires that a comprehensive plan musst be based upon an analysis and forecast of the general population, economy, land use, transportation, communitiy facilities, and any other background information that the Planning Commission judges will further serve the purposes of the Comprehensive Plan.  Click here to learn more about the research that was conducted on local data and national trends.

The Direction 2030 plan is comprised of nine elements. Recommendations and associated tasks for implementation have been developed for each element to implement the Goals and Objectives that serve as the foundation for the plan. The recommendations were derived after extensive public discussions, discourse and dialogue and are based on research which includes local data as well as national trends. They explore different facets of the county’s physical development as well as its economic and social well-being and provide a roadmap for implementation. The policies, tasks, and recommendations in each element are based on and supported by extensive research into each subject.

Research for Direction 2030 included an in-depth review of city information, nine different topic areas like Land Use and Mobility, extensive public involvement, and even involved focus groups like the STEP UP program. The latest local, regional, and national demographic and economic trends were thoroughly evaluated. Each topic area was extensively researched using Census data, GIS tools, and data from other sources. The latest planning trends were also analyzed to ensure that the plan is considering the latest national standards and best practices available.

The NKWD expects the total system water usage to remain relatively flat for the next 30 years.  Figure 3 illustrates the estimated water demand to the year 2050.  This trend is attributed to the more widespread use of water saving fixtures and appliances.  Based on this data, the current treatment system is more than capable of supplying the projected demands over the next 3 decades.

Figure 3:  Projected Water System Demand


Population Estimate w/in Service Area

Average Day Demand (million gallons per day) Maximum Day Demand (million gallons per day)
2020 276,029 26.9 37.6
2030 285,304 27.9 36.9
2040 289,250 28.4 37.6
2050 293,262 29.0 38.3